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Hello Woo family!  I am in a position to come back into the fold and finally order my long-desired WA5.  I've sent Jack my list of questions and I've tried to read through as much of the recent discussion as possible, but can anyone who has ordered one of these recently share any advice you might have?  I've owned WA6SE with and without the parts upgrades.  I no longer pretend that this is going to be the "last amp I ever own", but I don't think I'll be in the habit of buying and selling a lot of WA5's :-)  I would really like to order one and be done with it.  In that regard, I think I'll plunge for the parts upgrades but I'm happy to entertain any advice contrary to that direction.  I see that Frank is very satisfied with the amp with stock parts.  Also, any upgrades not on "the list" that people have done and felt worthwhile?

 

One question I asked Jack that I'll put here too - has anyone done a volume pot somewhere in between a Blue Velvet and an RK50?  Those seem to be the only two I've seen in pictures and there's, umm, a bit of a price difference!  I didn't know if something from TKD and the like would be an upgrade without spending $1K on the RK50.  

 

As far as color, it will be silver for me all the way...I've been dreaming of a silver WA5 since 2008.  

 

Thanks for any advice my Woo brothers and sisters can give me!


Edited by indydieselnut - 9/10/13 at 10:52am
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post
 

Hello Woo family!  I am in a position to come back into the fold and finally order my long-desired WA5.  I've sent Jack my list of questions and I've tried to read through as much of the recent discussion as possible, but can anyone who has ordered one of these recently share any advice you might have?  I've owned WA6SE with and without the parts upgrades.  I no longer pretend that this is going to be the "last amp I ever own", but I don't think I'll be in the habit of buying and selling a lot of WA5's :-)  I would really like to order one and be done with it.  In that regard, I think I'll plunge for the parts upgrades but I'm happy to entertain any advice contrary to that direction.  I see that Frank is very satisfied with the amp with stock parts.  Also, any upgrades not on "the list" that people have done and felt worthwhile?

 

One question I asked Jack that I'll put here too - has anyone done a volume pot somewhere in between a Blue Velvet and an RK50?  Those seem to be the only two I've seen in pictures and there's, umm, a bit of a price difference!  I didn't know if something from TKD and the like would be an upgrade without spending $1K on the RK50.  

 

As far as color, it will be silver for me all the way...I've been dreaming of a silver WA5 since 2008.  

 

Thanks for any advice my Woo brothers and sisters can give me!

 

The last time I asked him, as long as it can fit and he is able to get it, he will put that in.

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Speaking of which, whatever happened to mikemalter?

The last vision I had of mikemalter was of him sitting in a seat on a jet airliner heading to Hawaii listening to his LCD-2. Or did I just dream that?

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You are correct he was in the plane with LCD-2 the last he reported in. Oh one more time after Glenn modded his WA22.
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:thumb: That was a very relaxing pix. Though, I saw him relaxing at home some 9 months ago... he still looked:D relaxed.

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SO has had an mm sighting!

I'm glad that he had observed mikemalter in a relaxed countenance.

Excellent news. Thanks.

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I went to pick up the Music Hall MMF-7 from him. Now, if I could just fine a suitable audio rack made of wood. I always admired the racks you assembled lining the living room wall. Who makes those cabinets?


Edited by Silent One - 9/10/13 at 6:05pm
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I bought it at Copenhagen Furniture San Francisco.

Teak Pair of Expandable Entertainment Units

You can push them together or pull them apart or angle them around a corner.


Edited by Clayton SF - 9/14/13 at 11:28am
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A nice purchase indeed... looks fun, too!

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that right,I leave both plugged in all the time to show off the matching Furutech plugs.thanks
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Originally Posted by indydieselnut View Post

Hello Woo family!  I am in a position to come back into the fold and finally order my long-desired WA5.  I've sent Jack my list of questions and I've tried to read through as much of the recent discussion as possible, but can anyone who has ordered one of these recently share any advice you might have?  I've owned WA6SE with and without the parts upgrades.  I no longer pretend that this is going to be the "last amp I ever own", but I don't think I'll be in the habit of buying and selling a lot of WA5's :-)  I would really like to order one and be done with it.  In that regard, I think I'll plunge for the parts upgrades but I'm happy to entertain any advice contrary to that direction.  I see that Frank is very satisfied with the amp with stock parts.  Also, any upgrades not on "the list" that people have done and felt worthwhile?

One question I asked Jack that I'll put here too - has anyone done a volume pot somewhere in between a Blue Velvet and an RK50?  Those seem to be the only two I've seen in pictures and there's, umm, a bit of a price difference!  I didn't know if something from TKD and the like would be an upgrade without spending $1K on the RK50.  

As far as color, it will be silver for me all the way...I've been dreaming of a silver WA5 since 2008.  

Thanks for any advice my Woo brothers and sisters can give me!


I ordered just the stock 5LE back in 2008. The black Woo that I have has maybe a little more consistent in the anodized parts. I don't know if it was just mine that I ordered in 2008, but each aluminum extrusion is slightly a different tone in the silver 5LE edition. Took me awhile to get used to it.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 9/12/13 at 7:31am
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Reason I'm comparing it to the ZDSE is that's the amp I'm most familiar with, and also a tube based amp known to pair well with the HD800s-just like the Zana. Unfortunately I no longer have any low impedance cans-but I doubt the blackground would sound blacker if using those lol. Coming from primarily ss amps, and the very low noise floor of the ZDSE (Craig tests all his amps with the super sensitive AD2000 for that express purpose btw), that's why I brought up the higher noise floor on the Woo-nothing really bad about it-just noticeable compared to other amps I've owned.

I've never heard the ECBA-and doubt I will since I should have my Leviathan within 2-3 months. Should be cool having them both in the house at once. smily_headphones1.gif


 The XDSE is a stunning synergistic match with the ZDSE. In fact-I'd argue it's a more synergistic pairing with the ZDSE than even the HD800, although I still preferred the HD800 by a fair margin to the Fostex. Remember the ZDSE needs about 200 burnin hours to come around-that's where the crap stock driver tube comes in useful. :P

-Daniel

Back at a show a couple years ago I was able to exchange Uncle Eric's Zana in my system, taking out the W5LE. I was amazed how close it really was to the LE sound sig.

Tube replacement way low cost too.

300b amps I feel have a character that I guess some folks hear and maybe others don't. I wish though I could now swap Eric's amp in and hear if there was some scale factor? I do totally agree with the reports of the Zana having a tighter less bass presentation. In fact at the time the Zana had better pace. Still there is a dynamic that the Woo 5 LE had that the Zana didn't have. I don't know what to call it. Hearing these two amps side by side with the same source, cables and headphones was eye opening. Still I was able to get a tighter bass response and cleaner pace with the 5LE in time. I received better pace with different power cords and RCA interconnects. Now I tell myself I have the pace of the Zana plus an enhancement of that woosy lushness to boot.


You know you can pretty much talk yourself into believing anything in this silly hobby.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 9/12/13 at 7:53am
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so zana can kinda sound like wa5? what do u think BP? since u have both, what do u feel is the general sound signaturre vs zd?
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so zana can kinda sound like wa5? what do u think BP? since u have both, what do u feel is the general sound signaturre vs zd?

Well, he thinks the Zana sounds better,right? The good news for me was finding I could love another amp besides the Woo 5LE.


The Zana will run on really inexpensive tube replacements too. Not a big deal except I just spent $600 to completely re-tube the LE.


That takes away from my other hobbies that are bikes and whiskey.biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

so zana can kinda sound like wa5? what do u think BP? since u have both, what do u feel is the general sound signaturre vs zd?

Well, he thinks the Zana sounds better,right? The good news for me was finding I could love another amp besides the Woo 5LE.


The Zana will run on really inexpensive tube replacements too. Not a big deal except I just spent $600 to completely re-tube the LE.


That takes away from my other hobbies that are bikes and whisky.biggrin.gif


............very rarely do I enjoy them at the same time. Bicycles and whisky. The whisky goes with the Woo.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 9/12/13 at 9:00am
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